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Dear Friends of Schirmer/Mosel Publishers,

having just celebrated our 50th anniversary, our program is under the spell of these events. Have a look at pages 64–71 of this catalogue or our website providing photos of our party guests, speech manuscripts, and lovely video messages by Isabella Rossellini, Hanna Schygulla, Alain Borer, and Gary Schwartz.

Our new releases and reprints revolve around three major topics:

Great female artists, with new releases on Gabriele Münter and Karin Kneffel, complemented by reprints on Frida Kahlo, Käthe Kollwitz, and Georgia O’Keeffe, Hanna Schygulla’s autobiography and various titles by Isabella Rossellini.

On the occasion of the Olympic Games in Paris and the reopening of Notre-Dame, we are celebrating the culture of France with our reduced-price monograph on the Paris cathedral and publications reflecting the diversity of French culture.

Having accompanied the cultural life of Munich for 50 years, our books portray the Bavarian capital in 19th-century photographs from the municipal archives and in Rainer Viertlböck’s 21st-century cityscapes. Wilfried Hösl, outgoing staff photographer of the Bavarian State Opera, presents his mesmerizing collection of opera pictures and portraits of stars such as Ingmar Bergman, Anna Netrebko, Willem Dafoe and Marina Abramovic. Moreover, our program features a low-price edition of Anton Corbijn’s portraits of American musician and artist Tom Waits; a monograph of Gerhard Richter’s photographs that fills a gap in the literature on this German star painter who selflessly promoted the discovery of photography as art. Cornelius Völker presents his works on painted stuff, from cloth to dope; a monograph of sculptor Stephan Balkenhol’s drawings opens with an essay by art historian Stefan Trinks. Our photo book section features two highlights: a major volume with some 600 unpublished works by Karl Blossfeldt and a catalogue raisonné of the 19th-century Saxonian master photographer August Kotzsch who, born a farmer, became the chronicler of the Dresden region. A volume presenting the sensational building designed for Berlin art dealer Heiner Bastian by British architect John Pawson and photographed by himself, is unrivalled in contemporary art photography.

We are extending our anniversary program once more by a number of reduced-price special editions between € 20.00 and € 25.00 (see pp. 15–21). Act quickly!

A final remark on my own account: My professional autobiography bearing the Beuysian title Die Bienenkönigin nährt am Ende alle… will be available this summer completing my anniversary triad: Glamour Collection Lothar Schirmer, Illustrated Bibliography 1974–2024, and Bienenkönigin. Then we can confidently turn towards the future.

Thank you for your interest!

Best regards,

Lothar Schirmer
May 2024

   
 

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